Every now and then you meet someone who embodies so many
remarkable qualities. Someone who brings so much joy, warmth, and kindness to
every interaction. Someone who is dynamic, interesting, and inspiring. For me,
Andre is exactly that person.
I met Andre shortly after moving to Calgary. He was a photographer and I
was trying to get into some modeling in a new city. His easy and inviting energy
was immediately felt. It was quickly evident how much talent, creativity and drive
he possessed, and he became one of my favorite photographers to collaborate
with. Seeing his work and watching his career blossom was so inspiring.
However what Andre offers as a friend is even greater. Andre always wants
the best for the people in his life and he is constantly giving the best of himself to
those he loves. Warm, fun, energetic, creative, adventurous, nurturing, smart,
and supportive. Whether going for coffee and a conversation or hiking and an
adventure, time with him was always replenishing.
We have talked for hours about our lives, dreams, goals and fears. He
played a pivotal role in supporting me to let go of things that weren’t serving me
and in encouraging me to pursue things that were fulfilling. Andre was always up
for adventure and we went on hikes in Bragg Creek and Kananaskis. He showed
me some really cool outdoor spaces and we bonded over our love of the
outdoors. In Andre there was a kindred spirit.
Andre has believed in me when I doubted, offered encouragement and
guidance when I felt confused and he has always been so happy for my successes,
even happier than I have been at times. There is no greater gift in life than having
someone like that in your life. Andre has truly been a gift and I am beyond
grateful to know him and to call him friend.